Taylor’s Student Team Secures Top 15 Spot In NASA-Run Challenge

A group of 5 students from the School of Computing & IT secured a spot in the Top 15 of the NASA Space App Challenge 2016 - a global competition, which was held in Malaysia for the first time this year. Known as Cheese Geeks, the group of five members developed a mobile application for children called MoMoon - an interactive platform for children using the smart phone and tablet sensory to locate the Moon at any time of the day, even below horizon, unlocking current lunar data. The app also presents the user options for lunar related stories, view space agency photos and videos, and fun facts about the Moon. The goal of this challenge is edutainment and raising awareness about lunar missions around the world.

Team Cheese Geeks presenting their mobile application concept, MoMoon, to a panel of judges during the NASA Space App Challenge 2016.

Cheese Geeks was up against 39 teams and 128 participants, through a two-day hackathon event looking to inspire citizen teamwork for positive change across every skill level and discipline at home and globally. The team was led by Catherine Wong Kah Yee, pursuing her degree in the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons), along with Yong Chee Weng, Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons); Ho Wai Loon, Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons); Chan Wai Hoe, Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons), and Chin Khang Wei, Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons).

Five teams from various disciplines at Taylor’s University participating in the NASA Space App Challenge 2016.